Experiments In Opera: Philip Glass At The Circus

The revelation of “Circus Days and Nights” is existentially simple and direct. Cut through a thin layer of tawdriness and cheap tinsel that may be on its surface, and you discover that a circus can exist only thanks to absolute trust. The life of every acrobat lies in unerring balance. Balance is the religion of circus life. Trust and balance, of course, are the two essential things our polarized societies need to regain. – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, Music, 06.07.21

The Bob Ross Virtual Art Gallery: A New Site Presents 403 Paintings from The Joy of Painting Series

“We don’t make mistakes. We have happy accidents,” the late Bob Ross soothed fans painting along at home, while brushing an alarming amount of black onto one of his signature nature scenes. His mellow on-camera demeanor and flowing, wet-on-wet oil painting style were perfectly calibrated to help tightly-wound viewers relax into a right-brained groove. The creators of the Bob Ross Virtual Art Gallery take a more left brained approach. Having collected data on Ross’ evergreen series, The Joy o...
Tags: Art, Facebook, Technology, Television, College, Data, Ross, Bob Ross, Van Dyke Brown, Ayun Halliday, Bob Ross Banksy, Bob Ross Virtual Art Gallery, John Thamm, Thamm, Connor Rothschild, Virtual Art Gallery

Princeton Drops Latin And Greek Requirements For Classics Study

“The policy change at Princeton presumes the existence of various potential contributions that classics students knowing no Latin or Greek could have been making to classroom discussions before now. What are those contributions?” – The Atlantic
Tags: Art, Words, Princeton, 06.07.21

Event: Virtual Summit for Arts Leaders

Join Advisory Board for the Arts June 21-23 for the first-ever international cross-arts summit, to learn new approaches, with tangible steps to take during this period of limited audiences, to maximize and sustain audience return post-reopening. Getting it Right: Out-of-Industry Lessons on Maximizing and Sustaining Audience ReturnJune 21-23Getting it Right is a virtual summit organized by global arts advisory firm Advisory Board for the Arts (ABA) to help arts CEOs, heads of marketing, board...
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English City Experiments With Design In Public

Set to open in autumn next year, and operate virtually, online until then, the £4.5m Farrell Centre will occupy a former 19th-century department store close to the university’s architecture school, on a prominent corner facing the civic centre. It is planned to host exhibitions, events, office space for startup companies working in the built environment, and, most importantly, a big scale model of the city where new proposals will be shown for all to scrutinise. – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Visual, 06.06.21, Farrell Centre

Howard Herring talks digital in the arts

The President and CEO of the New World Symphony discusses the impact of digital environments on our art and audiences. – Aaron Dworkin
Tags: Art, Ajblogs, Howard Herring, 06.05.21

Music Stars Demand Streaming Music Regulation

It argues that streaming via services such as Spotify and Apple Music be legislated more like radio. “The law has not kept up with the pace of technological change and, as a result, performers and songwriters do not enjoy the same protections as they do in radio,” the letter states. “Today’s musicians receive very little income from their performances – most featured artists receive tiny fractions of a US cent per stream and session musicians receive nothing at all.” – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Spotify, Music, US, 06.07.21

Why Are Non-Profit Endowments Under-performing The Markets?

Today, it’s possible to capture the average growth of the stock market through passive index funds, which if balanced with some government bonds, have realized 10% returns over the last 100 years. It’s hard to fathom why an endowment would spend so much time and money on actively managing its investments to do considerably worse than that. – Hyperallergic
Tags: Art, Visual, 06.06.21


My introduction of Emanuel Ax in May in Boston, as he received an honorary doctorate from New England Conservatory. – Bruce Brubaker
Tags: Art, Boston, New England, Ajblogs, Emanuel Ax, 06.07.21

New York To Stage A Mega-Concert In August To Signal End Of The Pandemic

Seeking a grand symbol of New York’s revitalization after a brutal pandemic year, Mayor Bill de Blasio is planning a large-scale performance by multiple acts and has called on Clive Davis, the 89-year-old producer and music-industry eminence, to pull it together. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Music, New York, Bill De Blasio, Clive Davis, 06.07.21

Jeans that look like you're wearing a glitch in the matrix

South Korean designers LEJE created these curious jeans that look like you're wearing a glitch in the matrix. The style above are called "Slash" Jeans while the below are dubbed "L" Pants. It is not cheap to wear designer glitch garments though. — Read the rest
Tags: Post, Fashion, Design, News, Style, Optical Illusions, LEJE

Conceptualizing The Palestinian Museum

“As part of the new programs strategy I developed in 2019, we reconceptualized our mission as providing emancipatory learning experiences about Palestine. A learning experience may be an exhibition, a virtual-reality simulation, a family open day, school visits, a young designer’s summer school, symposia, publications, concerts, a play. Learning experiences can also be aesthetic experiences, inasmuch as they affect perceptions, senses.” – ArtForum
Tags: Art, Visual

Amsterdam Is Falling Apart

“Sinkholes are appearing in its small streets, and nearly half its 1,700 bridges are rickety and need repairs, frequently requiring trams to cross at a snail’s pace. As a huge project to shore up the canal walls gets underway, the city is beginning to look like one gigantic construction site.” The New York Times
Tags: Art, Amsterdam, Issues

Why Do We Take The Tyranny Of Time For Granted?

“For most people, the last class they had devoted to clocks and time was early in primary school,” Kevin Birth, a professor of anthropology at the City University of New York who has been studying clocks for more than 30 years, told me recently. “There’s this thing that is central to our entire society, that’s built into all of our electronics. And we’re wandering around with an early primary school level of knowledge about it.” Noema Magazine
Tags: Art, Ideas, City University of New York, 06.05.21, Kevin Birth

A Keith Haring Mural In Barcelona Is Under Threat

Haring painted the mural inside a nightclub in 1989. The nightclub turned into a billiards hall, and the mural was preserved, but now the building is slated for demolition. What should, what will, happen to the mural? – The Guardian (UK)
Tags: Art, Barcelona, Visual, Haring, 06.06.21

Study: The Size Of Your Eyes’ Pupils Correlates With Intelligence

Now work conducted in our laboratory at the Georgia Institute of Technology suggests that baseline pupil size is closely related to individual differences in intelligence. The larger the pupils, the higher the intelligence, as measured by tests of reasoning, attention and memory. – Scientific American
Tags: Art, Ideas, Georgia Institute of Technology, 06.02.21

The Cinque Gallery Gives Us Another Chapter Of Black Art History

Cinque, founded by Romare Bearden, Ernest Crichlow, and Norman Lewis in 1969, showed more than 450 artists of color during its 35-year existence. “The fact that Cinque sustained itself for more than three decades attests to an indisputable fact: the existence of at least two art communities, which were separated along color lines.” – Hyperallergic
Tags: Art, Visual, Norman Lewis, Cinque, 06.05.21, Romare Bearden Ernest Crichlow

Tribeca Film Festival and Chanel Celebrate Art and New York City

The Tribeca Film Festival and Chanel have teamed to present Art Is New York/New York Is Art. The program invited more than 60 artists to contribute original sketches inspired by the relationship between art and New York City. The works will be posted on vacated storefronts throughout lower Manhattan. Contributing artists include Julian Schnabel, Kiki […]
Tags: Design, News, New York City, Festivals, Artists, Manhattan, Chanel, New York New York, Tribeca Film Festival, Julian Schnabel Kiki

Author Naomi Wolf Spreads So Many Anti-Vaccine Myths That She’s Banned From Twitter

One might even call them all lies. “The author variously claimed that vaccines were a ‘software platform that can receive uploads’ and that ‘the best way to show respect for healthcare workers if you are healthy and under 65 is to socialise sensibly and expose yourself to a low viral load.’ In her most recent post, she argued that ‘vaccinated people’s urine/feces’ (sic) needed to be separated from general sewage supplies/waterways until its impact on unvaccinated people via drinking water was es...
Tags: Art, Issues, Naomi Wolf, 06.05.21

Jeanette Winterson Is Literally Burning Her Own Books

Happy Pride Month! Um: The author of the groundbreaking Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit and many other experimental, daring works wrote on Twitter, ““Absolutely hated the cosy little domestic blurbs on my new covers. Turned me into wimmins fiction of the worst kind! Nothing playful or strange or the ahead of time stuff that’s in there. So I set them on fire.” – The Guardian (UK)
Tags: Art, Words, Jeanette Winterson, 06.04.21

The Motion Picture Museum’s Timing Was Unlucky – And Very Lucky

Though the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science’s new L.A. museum was delayed, and delayed and delayed again – the last delay coming from the pandemic – that worked in its favor for staying up-to-date: “While the 300,000-square-foot, $482 million museum, designed by Renzo Piano, has been under construction, the movie business has been going through a process of deconstruction, brought about by seismic social movements like #OscarsSoWhite, #MeToo and Black Lives Matter. Recognition of the ...
Tags: Art, Visual, Renzo Piano, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science, 06.06.21, Motion Picture Museum 's Timing Was Unlucky

Pose Showed How To Tell Great Trans Stories

The show, whose third season, and run, ended on Sunday night, was set at the height of the AIDS epidemic in the gay and trans subcultures in New York. And yet, it wasn’t about Capital-T Tragedy. – Slate
Tags: Art, New York, Media, 06.06.21

The BAFTA TV Awards Didn’t Pick Faves This Year

Michaela Coel’s I May Destroy You did win two awards – best mini-series and leading actress, which Coel dedicated to the production’s intimacy director: “Thank you for your existence in our industry, for making the space safe for creating physical, emotional, and professional boundaries so that we can make work about exploitation, loss of respect, about abuse of power, without being exploited or abused in the process.” – Variety
Tags: Art, Media, BAFTA, Michaela Coel, 06.06.21

Conductor And Soundmaker Yoshi Wada, Of Fluxus Art Collective, Has Died At 77

Wada wrote and performed music that “was characterized by dense, sustained sounds that could create mind-bending acoustic effects. He borrowed widely from different musical traditions — Indian ragas, Macedonian folk singing and Scottish bagpipes — all while supporting his musical life by working in construction” – which meant that sometimes, tools of the trade (like plumbing pipes) became instruments. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, People, Wada, 06.05.21, Soundmaker Yoshi Wada

The Creator Economy Owes A Lot To Gaming Site Twitch

When Twitch entered the picture 10 years ago, most creators – writers, artists, makers, eaters of food on YouTube – weren’t yet earning money through digital patronage. That has changed, and dramatically. Co-founder Justin Kan says “he and his cofounders spent years ruminating on how to make people interact online and give each other money. Should they have a sidebar chatroom? (Yes.) Emotes? (Definitely.) Career potential? (Yes.) The end goal wasn’t live video; it was the creator economy. Subs...
Tags: Art, Ideas, Justin Kan, 06.06.21

Belmont Frames Buy 1 get 2 FREE at Michael’s!

  Looking to frame some of those free prints from Walgreen’s and CVS? Or you’ve been meaning to frame some of your child’s artwork? These would be great to start a gallery wall! Well, at Michael’s , Belmont frames are Buy 1 get 2 Free! Prices start at $9.99, so get 3 frames for $9.99!... Read More
Tags: Deals, Art, Crafts, Kids, Coupons, Michael, Belmont, Walgreen, Online Deals, Michael's, Michaels Coupons

The Moomintrolls’ Essence Came From Tove Jansson’s Island

Author and illustrator Jansson found her dream island when she was in her ’50s. “Klovharun in the Finnish archipelago is tiny – some 6,000 sq metres – and isolated, ‘a rock in the middle of nowhere,’ according to Jansson’s niece, Sophia. It has scarcely any foliage, no running water and no electricity. Yet for Jansson, it was an oasis. For 18 years she and her partner Tuulikki Pietilä spent long summers there, heading out from Helsinki as soon as the ice broke in April, leaving only in early Oc...
Tags: Art, Words, Tove Jansson, Helsinki, Sophia, Jansson, Tuulikki Pietilä, Klovharun, 06.05.21

A Choreographer Learns To Rest, To Improvise, And To Feel Joy

During what we might call “the long 2020,” choreographer Kyle Marshall experienced quite a bit of change. “In this next step of his career, he said, he’s more focused and more comfortable making decisions. But the pandemic made also him realize something else: Just how exhausted he was.” Now he’s trying to be more intentional, working more carefully with his dancers and creating work that celebrates life and wonder. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Dance, Kyle Marshall, 06.03.21

How Academic Freedom Ends

Just look to Hong Kong, where by the time a group of University of Hong Kong academics gathered in a town hall meeting in May. “The assembled faculty pressed [administrators] on whether HKU would provide legal assistance if they were arrested for allegedly violating the law while working, what to do if students reported professors on a government tip line, and what educators may be forced to teach.” There was no reassurance: “The marching orders to suppress freedoms are being dutifully carried ...
Tags: Art, Hong Kong, Issues, HKU, University of Hong Kong, 06.06.21

Backdrops to a riot: JR on how his confrontational street art went global

His portraits of his Paris neighbourhood summed up its residents’ anger. Now his subversive installations straddle borders, float on boats and envelop favelas. We speak to the elusive artist“I didn’t spend enough time in school for any of the teachers to remember me. The only role models I had were the guys in the neighbourhood doing graffiti,” reflects JR, on his journey from street-smart tagger to world-famous conceptual artist. “I guess what’s nice is now, at 38, I can tell my mother I am not...
Tags: Art, Europe, Photography, Culture, Art and design, Paris, Installation, Exhibitions, Street Art, Tunisia, Jim Morrison

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